The hurdles in this year’s league campaign are now coming up quickly and regularly, with tomorrow’s trip to Cusack Park to play Westmeath coming hot on the heels of last Sunday’s uplifting win over Kerry at MacHale Park. Not forgetting, of course, that Cork are then due in town next weekend following which there’s a slight breather before the trip to Croke Park to play the Dubs at the end of the month.
Last Sunday’s win over the Kingdom was obviously an important result for us but tomorrow’s clash with the Lake County is of equal significance. If we beat Westmeath tomorrow and Kerry lose again – they’re at home to Tyrone – then, with head-to-head advantage over the bottom two and four league points to spare over them, just one win from our final three matches would be good enough to keep us in the top flight yet again.
Of more importance, though, is that the good form we showed last Sunday is evident again at Cusack Park tomorrow. There was plenty we didn’t do right in beating the Kerrymen but there was all the same a noticeable improvement in our performance compared to our opening two matches. It’s vital, then, that we build on that and put in another committed showing tomorrow.
We’re huge favourites to win this one – with 92% of you in the poll I’ve just taken down also saying we’ll do it – but that doesn’t mean we’re guaranteed to get the result we want, especially if the kind of errors in our play so evident in those first two frustrating outings creep into our performance. If we play to our potential, we should definitely do the business tomorrow so here’s hoping that this is what we’ll do at Cusack Park.
Safe travelling to all heading for Joe Dolan territory tomorrow. Up Mayo!